Pa. consumers hiked spending after recession

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania consumers bought more cars and trucks and boosted their spending in other areas as the nation emerged from recession.

First-of-its-kind economic data released today by the U.S. Department Commerce provides a state-by-state look at how consumers responded in the years after the recession officially ended in 2009.

Consumer spending rose about 11 percent in Pennsylvania between 2009 and 2012. That’s about $3,700 per person. Pennsylvania slightly exceeded the national average for consumer spending growth. It was in the middle of the pack among the 50 states, placing 25th.

Consumers spent about $16.7 billion on cars, trucks and auto parts in 2012. That’s an increase of 24 percent over 2009.

The report covers household spending on food, gas, housing, utilities, health care and other items.

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